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Navigating Spine Surgery Costs

Navigating Spine Surgery Costs

Make sure you're asking the critical questions to make the best decision for your care

Not all hospitals achieve the same results

Spinal surgery can be a very effective way to treat chronic and persistent back pain. But not all hospitals will produce the same result. Some are more reliable than others. With the help of the HSS Hospital Cost Estimator, you can make sure you're asking the critical questions to find the hospital that's right for you. Understanding the data points below will help you avoid unnecessary setbacks and avoidable costs. Learn why we chose these factors.


Spine Surgery Overview


Surgical procedure in which bones of the spine are joined, removed, or otherwise altered. Types of spinal surgery include laminectomy, microdiscectomy, and traditional lumbar fusion.


Takes place in a hospital.

Length of hospital stay

Ranges from one day to several days, depending on the complexity of the procedure and your overall health.

Services included

The hospital price estimate includes:

  • Room and board
  • Care in the operating room
  • Tests and X-rays done in the hospital
  • Medications given in the hospital
  • Nursing and physical therapy in the hospital

Other professional services, such as those provided by your surgeon or anesthesiologist, are billed for separately.

Woman in blue scrubs smiling from an exam room

Amanda  Nashville, TN Nashville, TN

My doctor was the first person to believe that I could have a life that would not be defined by my chronic pain. Because of this surgery, I am able to better care for both myself and the patients I see as a nurse practitioner.

Spine Fusion

Success Rate


Of HSS patients reported improvement within 12 months after their treatment

Out of 209 responses, 71% response rate

Source: HSS Internal Data, 2020

Man posing at scenic mountain lookout


I really cannot thank him enough for giving me my life back. Thank you doctor, you truly are a gifted surgeon.

Thomas, Spine Fusion

Patient Experience

Of patients would recommend HSS; over the national average of 72%

Source: CMS Care Compare



HSS In-Hospital



Represents hospital-wide care. Lower is better

Source: CMS Care Compare

Avoidable Hospital Visits





Represents hospital-wide care. Lower is better

Source: CMS Care Compare

Man standing in a river displaying large fish


With 30+ years of joint issues from Lyme and several years of putting off spinal surgery, I finally found the doctor and hospital I had the confidence in to do the right surgery with the right hardware, even during COVID in NYC.

Douglas, Spine Fusion

Procedure Volume

Spine surgeries per year, that’s 138% more than the next leading hospital

Source: NYSDOH SPARCS 2017 Public Use File

Cost Efficiency

Less expensive over time than other NYC Tri-State Hospitals

0.72 HSS vs. 1.06 NYC Tri-State. Lower is better.
30-day episode cost ratio.

Source: FAIR Health, CY2019


In orthopedics 11 years in a row


In orthopedics 11 years in a row

Get an estimate in 2 simple steps

Step 1: Download the Hospital Cost Estimator

The Hospital Cost Estimator gives you valuable data about your procedure to think about alongside price. Our helpful worksheet makes it easy for you to compare different hospitals.

Step 2: Use the calculator to get your price

Use our calculator tool to get your personalized price estimate. Record that number on the Hospital Cost Estimator you just downloaded for a complete picture of the services you'd be paying for.